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Kaydara FiLMBOX Shaves Approximately 80% Off Production Time for Game Development

Microids' Tennis Masters Series Developed in 15 Instead of 75 Man-Months (November 19, 2001)
Coincidental with the North American release of their new PC title, Tennis Masters Series, Microïds Canada Inc. today announced they have found FiLMBOX to be a major time-saver in game projects requiring the use of 3D character animation. Outlining the specifications for Tennis Masters Series, Microïds estimated it would take up to 75 man-months of work to realistically recreate over 500 precise movements of a national tennis pro. Plugging Kaydara's FiLMBOX into their production pipeline, with its motion editing, blending, and character tools, allowed the team to complete their objectives within 15 months -- shaving approximately 80% off the initial estimate.

"Finding a tool that streamlines workflow and integrates well with existing tools is rare," said Stéphane Grefford, production manager at Microïds Canada. "Kaydara FiLMBOX has been a valuable asset in the production efforts of multiple titles here at Microïds, saving us a lot of time. We are thrilled with the degree to which FiLMBOX has helped to speed up our work and enable us to take our productions to the next level, both in quality and content."


In Microïds' new adventure game, Road to India, FiLMBOX was an integral part of their production pipeline and was used to produce extensive full-motion video cut scenes. FiLMBOX also enabled Microïds to include interesting content that would have otherwise been difficult to create. For example, at one point the Road to India player-character must climb up and ride on the back of an elephant, and later they must ride in a rickshaw, which are just two of the tricky game events made possible with help from FiLMBOX.

"The toolset available in FiLMBOX is at once intuitive and flexible," said Grefford. "It is obviously a product designed with the needs of the artist in mind. We used FiLMBOX for the Road to India, because we knew we could get the job done efficiently and ahead of schedule. It ended up being a very wise decision for us, and we will continue to use FiLMBOX in future projects."

Kaydara FiLMBOX is an easy to use animation tool that forms the hub for real-time 3D character animation and content creation for games. FiLMBOX allows 3D models to be imported from any major 3D package such as Alias|Wavefront Maya, discreet 3ds max, NewTek LightWave, and Softimage|3D.

Founded in 1985 in France, Microïds develops, publishes and distributes video game software for PCs and game consoles throughout the world. With R&D studios in Paris and Montréal, and distribution entities in Canada, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, Microïds currently employs over 200 people, 95 of which are based in Montréal. Microïds principally develops adventure, strategy and sports games such as Far Gate, Road to India, Tennis Masters Series and Empire of the Ants. (www.microids.com)

Founded in 1993, Kaydara Inc. is a leading provider of solutions for the acquisition, authoring, and delivery of digital media content for film, television, broadcast, game development applications and Web. Its award-winning FiLMBOX® and broadcast systems product lines enable content developers to acquire, manage, and deliver secure 3D mixed-media content in real-time, and have been used worldwide by award-winning clients, including Manex Visual Effects, ExMachina, Foundation Imaging, MainFrame Entertainment, Midway Games, Astral Communications and TSN. Kaydara is a privately held company headquartered in Montréal, Québec. To find out more about Kaydara, visit www.kaydara.com.

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